Results 1 to 11 of 11

Thread: 'It's about the house we're building' - Cron reflects on 2024 season

  1. #1
    Immortal Contributor The InnFORCEr's Avatar
    Join Date
    Feb 2006
    Location
    West Leederville
    Posts
    16,960
    vCash
    3196000

    'It's about the house we're building' - Cron reflects on 2024 season

    Sun, Jun 2, 2024, 8:59 AM
    by Nick Taylor


    The Western Force season is only just done and dusted but the rebuild for the 2025 Super Rugby Pacific campaign has already started.

    The foundations are in place and coach Simon Cron said: "It's not the house we're in, it's the house we're building," after they fell short in the battling 24-19 loss to the Brumbies at HBF Park on Saturday night.

    A forensic review will be done of every game and players will be given individual performance plans.

    Cron said they had identified areas that need improvement, where players needed to increase size and power.

    "Boys staying for next year will stay with us training," he told reporters after Saturday’s defeat.

    "We have identified a few areas for power and some size, growing some of our players, giving them a chance in the gym.

    "A number of our boys played quite a lot of minutes this year.

    "We'll look at certain positions, you can see that week-on-week starts to grind them down a bit, so we've got to look at how we can build some depth, where guys can step on and keep adding.

    "We've got some really good in our game, but we've also shown we've got some bad in our game at times. We just need to rid of that."

    The squad will continue training up until the Super Rugby Pacific final and return after a July break.

    "At that stage a few people will be joining us who are coming next year," Cron said.

    "We'll start working on combinations pretty early on. Constantly learning, constantly developing, constantly growing.

    "I think you can see some key fundamentals starting to grow within the team: mateship, trust and respect.

    "What I'm observing in our group is growing those relationships, growing the mateship, the trust in each other, trust to keep fighting back.

    "That's really important for us going forward. The boys are constantly working on ways we can get better."

    The Force are planning a series of games for later in the year, similar to last year’s Toyota Challenge against the Cheetahs.

    "We'll come back in and look to play some more rugby ideally," Cron said. "These guys will be pretty hungry for games."

    The Force farewelled two former captains after Saturday's game - 100-game player, club stalwart and fan favourite scrum-half Ian Prior and back-rower and 2023 club captain Michael Wells.

    Cron said they would both would be Western Force players for life.

    "The more we grow this place the more those ex-players will be involved," he said.

    Cron said Prior had been a massive part of the club for a decade and praised his off-field work, particularly this season, when he did not get much game time.

    "People don't realise what he has done for us, training against us at 9 and 10," Cron said.

    "Even though he didn't get an opportunity on the field as much as he would have liked, he has done for a number of years.

    "He wasn't in the starting team, he didn't complain about it."

    Cron first coached Wells 12 years ago.

    "He's a great man and he'll be connected to us forever," he said.

    https://westernforce.rugby/news/simo...-season-202462

    0 Not allowed! Not allowed!
    80 Minutes, 15 Positions, No Protection, Wanna Ruck?

    Ruck Me, Maul Me, Make Me Scrum!

    Education is Important, but Rugby is Importanter!

  2. #2
    Champion
    Join Date
    Jun 2012
    Location
    home
    Posts
    2,088
    vCash
    5130000
    Good to see Nick Taylor is still writing rugby. Need him back at The West.

    1 Not allowed! Not allowed!

  3. #3
    Immortal Contributor
    Moderator
    Burgs's Avatar
    Join Date
    Oct 2005
    Location
    Country WA
    Posts
    23,199
    vCash
    488000
    Quote Originally Posted by wholetruth View Post
    Good to see Nick Taylor is still writing rugby. Need him back at The West.
    Same article on the Force website on the 2nd.
    Wonder if he is on a retainer there, rather writing for the West per se?

    1 Not allowed! Not allowed!
    "Bloody oath we did!"

    Nathan Sharpe, Legend.

  4. #4
    Player Kernow's Avatar
    Join Date
    May 2021
    Location
    Kalamunda
    Posts
    178
    vCash
    5086000
    Quote Originally Posted by The InnFORCEr View Post
    Sun, Jun 2, 2024, 8:59 AM
    by Nick Taylor

    The foundations are in place and coach Simon Cron said: "It's not the house we're in, it's the house we're building," after they fell short in the battling 24-19 loss to the Brumbies at HBF Park on Saturday night.

    "We'll look at certain positions, you can see that week-on-week starts to grind them down a bit, so we've got to look at how we can build some depth, where guys can step on and keep adding.

    "We'll start working on combinations pretty early on. Constantly learning, constantly developing, constantly growing.

    "I think you can see some key fundamentals starting to grow within the team: mateship, trust and respect.

    "What I'm observing in our group is growing those relationships, growing the mateship, the trust in each other, trust to keep fighting back.

    "That's really important for us going forward. The boys are constantly working on ways we can get better."
    It was an interesting season from a performance perspective; when the Force played well, it was a step up on the "good" of last season, but when they were off their game, it was by quite a bit. Some of that might have to do with them commanding a little more respect this season - e.g. Brumbies didn't rest many of their big guns last week.

    I do hope they manage to keep the vast majority of this squad. Too many new caps each season are never going to lead to a team that can go deep into the finals stage.

    2 Not allowed! Not allowed!
    Gareth Chilcott after his last game for Bath in 1993
    “I thought I would have a quiet pint… and about 17 noisy ones.”

  5. #5
    Veteran
    Join Date
    Jan 2009
    Location
    Perth
    Posts
    3,046
    vCash
    4144000
    Quote Originally Posted by wholetruth View Post
    Good to see Nick Taylor is still writing rugby. Need him back at The West.
    i laughed at this on stalkerbook.

    Name:  Screenshot_20240607_073657.jpg
Views: 309
Size:  81.3 KBName:  Screenshot_20240607_073657.jpg
Views: 309
Size:  81.3 KB

    0 Not allowed! Not allowed!

  6. #6
    Immortal Contributor shasta's Avatar
    Join Date
    Feb 2006
    Location
    Mandurah
    Posts
    15,909
    vCash
    5624000


    Go Nick!!

    0 Not allowed! Not allowed!
    "The main difference between playing League and Union is that now I get my hangovers on Monday instead of Sunday - Tom David


  7. #7
    Legend Contributor brokendown gunfighter's Avatar
    Join Date
    Sep 2005
    Location
    wembley
    Posts
    8,063
    vCash
    5482000
    shit Nick,those bridges are now ashes,lol

    1 Not allowed! Not allowed!

  8. #8
    Immortal Contributor
    Moderator
    Burgs's Avatar
    Join Date
    Oct 2005
    Location
    Country WA
    Posts
    23,199
    vCash
    488000
    Interesting graphic pilfered-

    Name:  Season.jpg
Views: 279
Size:  162.0 KB

    1 Not allowed! Not allowed!
    "Bloody oath we did!"

    Nathan Sharpe, Legend.

  9. #9
    Senior Player Contributor WF2006's Avatar
    Join Date
    Jan 2007
    Location
    Gwelup
    Posts
    907
    vCash
    5002000
    Quote Originally Posted by Burgs View Post
    Interesting graphic pilfered-
    Really? I thought we were in the 8 at least one week....obviously not!

    0 Not allowed! Not allowed!

  10. #10
    Legend Contributor
    Join Date
    Jul 2006
    Location
    Perth
    Posts
    5,268
    vCash
    5118000
    Jeez, so pretty much decided after the first round. That's a bit depressing.

    0 Not allowed! Not allowed!

  11. #11
    Immortal Contributor
    Moderator
    Burgs's Avatar
    Join Date
    Oct 2005
    Location
    Country WA
    Posts
    23,199
    vCash
    488000
    Quote Originally Posted by WF2006 View Post
    Really? I thought we were in the 8 at least one week....obviously not!
    Perhaps during the weekend on the live ladder?

    0 Not allowed! Not allowed!
    "Bloody oath we did!"

    Nathan Sharpe, Legend.

Similar Threads

  1. Fortescue Women's Premier Grade 2024 Season Preview
    By Burgs in forum RugbyWA Women
    Replies: 3
    Last Post: 03-05-24, 10:50
  2. 2024 Super Rugby Women's season launched
    By Burgs in forum Western Force W
    Replies: 0
    Last Post: 07-03-24, 11:55
  3. Premier Grade 2024 Season
    By Rugaree in forum Western Australian Metro Rugby
    Replies: 6
    Last Post: 05-02-24, 10:51
  4. Replies: 12
    Last Post: 02-02-24, 13:05
  5. Home Building Society Premier Grade Competition - Season Preview
    By Burgs in forum Western Australian Metro Rugby
    Replies: 0
    Last Post: 30-03-06, 18:48

Posting Permissions

  • You may not post new threads
  • You may not post replies
  • You may not post attachments
  • You may not edit your posts
  •